UPenn Library Acquires Archives of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music

December 8, 2022

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries will facilitate research and access to nearly 175 years of Philadelphia's rich musical history provided by The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Academy of Music. In this remarkable collection includes everything from stock certificates and bylaws to conductor's files, photographs, programs, and sound recordings. The archive will enable future research by musicologists, historians, as well as practicing musicians and conductors for years to comes.

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Music, Jeffrey Kallberg is cited in the UPenn Library press release:

“The Philadelphia Orchestra played a crucial role in the complex unfolding of western art music in the 20th century: it was equally important to such disparate composers as Sergei Rachmaninoff and Edgard Varèse,” said Jeffrey Kallberg, a specialist in music of the 19th and 20th centuries and Associate Dean for Arts and Letters in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. “Musicologists will now have the opportunity to explore in depth the inner workings of one of the world’s great musical institutions, and thereby expand on and deepen our understanding of a significant era in music history."

Full press release: https://bit.ly/3UUpfDi

Philadelphia Inquirer article: https://bit.ly/3BzQcoZ